10:17 am in Uncategorized by dakine01
Wow! It has been nearly three weeks since the last Occupy the Blog! diary. While we have reached the doldrums of the winter, the Occupations around the country are still performing their activities, big and small, and making an impact on the world.
Kyushukev has kept us informed about Occupy Nashville here, here, here, and here as they have watched the state legislators pass a bill against camping on state property which the governor then signed. From the last link:
On Friday, 2 March, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law “the measure that makes it illegal for anyone to camp on state-owned land that is not specifically designated for that purpose.” Gov. Haslam also gave Occupy Nashville a seven day notice to leave or face the maximum fines of $2,500 and /or 11 months and 29 days in jail, echoing an earlier comment made by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey .
Last Saturday, the feeling was that Haslam would act sooner rather than later, but as of today, ON, although reduced to a lone camper and his tent, is still on the Plaza.
Chris Humphrey has decided to sacrifice himself to test the new law. “I believe in going hard or going home, and I ain’t got a home.” He added that, “If I have to sit in there, I’ll sit in there for a year or six months,” he said. “I’ve been here for five months. I’ve been through tornadoes, the cold. I’ve been frostbitten and all that. I don’t care about six months, sitting in no jail.”
There are a lot of embedded links in that snippet and the other linked diaries so I urge you to click through and read but this picture does capture the feeling:
Read the rest of this entry →
2:40 pm in Uncategorized by dakine01
We’ve had a lot of good posts and diaries about Occupations around the country since the last Occupy the Blog! As always, the reports are a mix of good news and bad news. Occupy Buffalo was evicted this week while supposedly the city was negotiating with the occupiers. Kevin Gosztola reported here while Jane Hamsher called out the authorities here and here. The folks at Occupy Buffalo reported here for us on the “Myths and Facts”:
MYTH 1: Since Occupy Buffalo has been evicted, the movement is over.
FACT 1: Occupy Buffalo is not going anywhere. We are still in Niagra Square and continue to organize and be active in the community!
General Assemblies are still scheduled for Saturdays at noon, and Mondays & Wednesdays at 7pm at Niagra Square. There is a calendar of events on our facebook page and our website www.occupybuffalo.org.
Come join us!
Kevin also reported on the eviction of Occupy DC here and here. Diarist jest also provided a first person account of the eviction in DC here with a lot of good pictures.
Kevin again provides an update for the extra steps the folks at Occupy Rochester are having to deal with here.
Kyushukev has had a couple of reports from Occupy Nashville. First up is this report from Tuesday on plans to Occupy the Legislature on Wednesday. Here is his report with some videos from the Wednesday action.
CTuttle has had a couple of reports on Occupy Honolulu and Occupy Hilo activities.
RFShunt had a report on some attempted generational warfare/mis-direction from a Koch Brothers mouthpiece here:
The uproariously named “Reason.tv” has a video out entitled “Why Geezers Are the True Enemy of the Occupy Movement” featuring Veronique de Rugy. In the video, Ms. de Rugy explains to young occupiers that the elderly have done deplorably well in the preceding few decades. This makes Nonna and Nonno the natural enemies of the young and should therefore be stripped of Social Security and Medicare. In her defense, she does stop short of suggesting they be taken to the nearest frozen mountaintop and set adrift.
Lest she be mistaken for some class warrior, Ms. de Rugy hastens to point out that even though many of the aged are rolling in enough gelt to keep them in poligrip and corrective shoes for the rest of their lives, they differ from the one-percent. The heroic one-percenters, you see, amassed their riches by making contributions to the economy, unlike grandma who fritters away her days watching Matlock reruns and has yet to outsource a single job.
He followed that up with the news that Occupy Pittsburgh had been given notice of eviction here. Read the rest of this entry →
11:50 am in Uncategorized by dakine01
While once again we haven’t received a lot of diaries from folks at various Occupations, the ones we have received have been excellent reports.
From Occupy New Haven, we have this report from richardgnista on the delivery of boots.
Actually , this is a follow up…. this past Friday the 13th! , two packages arrived from OccupySupply. Those Xtreme footwear hit the ground and because of the need and weather, immediate distribution began the same day and into the week end. Rave reviews and happy campers!
Friday, also happened to be the day that the Fire Marshal visited the Camp and said no more open flames! That means no more hot food preparation and no propane heaters in the tents. And in addition to… no wood structure!s; pallets had been used to supplement many of the tents, this would have to be removed.
Tobiasfox let us know about Occupy Newark’s petition to Mayor Booker here: Read the rest of this entry →
11:38 am in Uncategorized by dakine01
Well, there have only been four new diaries since the last Occupy the Blog on Wednesday. Fortunately for us, all four of these are excellent reports from all over. (That’s a hint folks. In a perfect world we would receive a dozen or more reports every couple of days that have so much content and pictures and videos that I have to struggle to decide what to leave out – if anything!)
First up today is this diary from RFSHunt from late Wednesday on the court hearing on Occupy Pittsburgh’s eviction notice.
Arguments concluded today in the hearing to determine whether or not Bank of New York/Mellon should get an emergency injunction to immediately evict Occupy Pittsburgh from property owned by the bank but zoned as open public space. The outcome will not be known for at least two weeks.
Proceedings at times occupied unusual ground of their own – with Rick Astley rolling into the testimony and plaintiffs’ high-powered attorneys extensively quoting snarky tweets and requesting the definition of an “OccuCuddle Puddle”
The BNY lawyer concluded his questioning by reading from a tweet that mentioned the OccuCuddle Puddle.
“i know this is not relevant, but I just have to ask – what is an OccuCuddle Puddle?”
Mr Carpenter went on to describe the phenomenon of people gathering in one tent on cold evenings to talk and laugh and keep each other warm – then eventually falling asleep.
“The OccuCuddle Puddle, is that a good thing or a bad thing?” asked the lawyer.
Oooo, Oooo, pick me. I have an answer. It might be the best thing in court all day.
This diary from sagesse is a pictorial representation of the Occupy Boise folks in the Idaho Statehouse: Read the rest of this entry →